so, I went to see Al Gore’s movie yesterday. You know, the guy who almost was president of the united states. What a very different world it would be if that had actually happened.Anyway, the movie was great. Admittedly, I have never been terribly concerned about the environment. I find science boring. I hate recycling. I like convenience. and I tend to turn off my ears when people talk about future generations. Yet, the past couple of years, even I have noticed differences in our earth, differences enough to make me want to find out a bit more, find out what I can do to be more responsible about how I use this planet. There is a lot, I know, that I can do, should do. I have made some changes, like in my cleaning supplies for example. No more chlorine bleach, no more weird chemical cleaners. Vinegar and baking soda work just great. I recycle now: I think I know most of what can be recycled, so I am careful about that. I watch how much paper I use when printing things off for school. But I know there is more I could do and I just won’t, like stop driving my car and take public transit instead (the transit system where I live SUCKS and tacks on an extra hour to my days, especially when my schedule does not coincide with peak times), or at least get a hybrid car (on a student’s salary – not likely). But, with a new interest in the environment, I thought I could go and see Al Gore’s movie and learn a bit more about global warming.
The movie was great. Al Gore is a very compelling guy. I know that what plagued him throughout his political career was the claim that he is “wooden”, but I didn’t think so at all – he seemed very charismatic to me. Mind you, he learned from the best during his 8 years as VP under Clinton – maybe the most charismatic politician of our time. In any case, the movie was interesting and informative.
What kind of freaked me out the most was looking back over hundreds of thousands of years to past ice ages. It seems like right before an ice age came, there were really high temperature peaks. Now, our temperatures globally are the highest ever. YIKES!
Anyway, I really recommend that you go and see this movie if you can. If you were at all skeptical about global warming, you shouldn’t be – scientists are in 100% complete agreeance that our climate is changing. All evidence points to it. And it’s all our fault. Which means it is in our power to change it. Find out how at www.climatecrisis.net .